Chained and starving, 25 dogs rescued

Norfolk OPP are investigating after they were called to a field southwest of Waterford, Ont., on...

Norfolk OPP are investigating after they were called to a field southwest of Waterford, Ont., on Sunday night where they found 25 dogs chained to tiny wooden sheds. (DANIEL R. PEARCE/QMI Agency)

DANIEL R. PEARCE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 PM ET

SIMCOE, Ont. -- Police and animal welfare officials rescued about 25 emaciated dogs Monday that were chained to two rows of doghouses next to a woodlot outside Waterford, Ont.

"We have to get them somewhere warm tonight," John Greer, executive director of the Welland and District SPCA said in a telephone interview Monday night from the scene, south of Brantford, Ont.

"We can't have them stay out in the field for tonight."

The doghouses are insulated and "not too bad," but the extreme cold has caused the animals to "expend energy" just to stay warm, resulting in weight loss, he said.

"They are definitely emaciated," Greer said. "They will expend a huge amount of energy to survive the night."

Police were called Sunday after someone walking in the area found the dogs, Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said.

No charges have been laid.

The animals appear to be Scandanavian hounds, which are often used for sport such as pulling sleds, Greer said.

Officials are trying to locate the owner and want "to determine what they were kept for and why they were kept here."


Norfolk OPP are investigating after they were called to a field southwest of Waterford on Sunday night where they found 25 dogs chained to tiny wooden sheds. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been called in to assist. (DANIEL R. PEARCE/QMI Agency)

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The site sits off Highway 24 just south of Thompson Road, southwest of Waterford, Ont. There are no homes or buildings nearby.

A narrow lane way leads off the highway through a woodlot into a clearing where the doghouses were lined up in two rows, far out of sight of the highway.

Greer said it's possible the dogs could remain with the owner if the owner can find a warm place for them.

"We will work with the owner," he said.

A veterinarian was at the scene Monday night examining the dogs.

One of the questions that needs to be answered, said Greer, is how often the dogs have been fed.

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